Hina Musa is executive director of the Houston Southeast District where she initiates and oversees a broad range of programs and services designed to promote economic development and enhance business opportunities in Southeast Houston.
As executive director, she manages the agency’s $3.4 million budget and helps set the District’s goals and direction. During her tenure with Houston Southeast, Ms. Musa has expanded its number of services from eight to 28, including broadening small business development and public safety workshops for the community. She has also worked closely with the District’s board, public officials, state representatives, and City Council members to secure their cooperation and support of Houston Southeast’s objectives.
Before becoming head of the Houston Southeast, Ms. Musa served the agency as a project manager. Her two years in that role were marked by a number of successes. She collected $1.5 million in assessment revenues from commercial properties for use in infrastructure and social initiatives, and collaborated with state and local officials, developers, and business owners to substantially increase business assessment revenue. And she has coordinated and communicated with community members and key stakeholders to discuss and further the District’s needs, goals, and future projects.
Prior to joining the Houston Southeast, Ms. Musa was a project management consultant with the nonprofit Anannyo Samaj Kallyan Sangostha, conducting field research and initiating new development programs in rural Bangladesh. While there, she studied the needs of microfinance borrowers in the region, and started a new eco-tourism project to provide a supplemental source of income to the rural poor microfinance community.
She previously served as scholarship coordinator for the Microcredit Summit Campaign, where her duties included writing grant proposals and coordinating with heads of state, ministers, and other VIPs to handle their speaking roles at the Summit; and as a project manager in Phuket, Thailand, for the PHBGTU Foundation, which helps Thai youth become capable and confident English speakers so they can secure employment in the country’s tourism industry. She also has leadership experience in the non-governmental organization sector in Houston and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Musa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Government at the University of Texas at Austin, and was a Fulbright Scholar finalist for microfinance research to Bangladesh.
Chelbi A. Mims
Chelbi A. Mims is Program Manager for the Houston Southeast District. She has a broad range of experience that spans government service, public policy, communications, and media relations.
In her capacity with the District, Ms. Mims leads initiatives to broaden programs offered to small businesses and job seekers, including the expansion of small business development workshops for procurement opportunities and business education. Additionally, she is responsible for maintaining communication with, and providing updates to, the office of the Harris County Attorney, the Houston City Council office, the Houston Independent School District, and the Texas Legislature.
Before joining Houston Southeast, Ms. Mims served as deputy chief of staff and communication and special projects coordinator for city Councilman Dwight Boykins, who represents much of the District.
In the former role, she developed and maintained relationships and communications with the Council and directors of city departments to better inform them about the issues affecting Mr. Boykins’ district. She also undertook research and managed the day-to-day press and communications operations for the councilman, as well as overseeing all social media platforms.
As communications and special projects coordinator, Ms. Mims coordinated and managed a number of major events, including the inaugural Christmas on Almeda celebration and the Swingin’ for Seniors golf tournament, which raised $70,000 and $40,000, respectively, for home repairs in the community. She also represented the councilman in meetings with residents of his district, served as his liaison to government agencies, managed press relations, and assisted in constituent services.
Prior to that, Ms. Mims was communications manager for Elite Change Inc., a public affairs and consulting firm, where she worked on a variety of media, political campaign, and city government projects and initiatives.
Ms. Mims earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, cum laude, from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA.